Jeffrey Tambor admits to being a terror on set, but maintains he never sexually harassed anyone.
The “Transparent” star, who was fired in February following an investigation into multiple claims of misconduct, confessed to The Hollywood Reporter that he didn’t treat his colleagues well while filming the hit Amazon series.
“I drove myself and my cast mates crazy,” Tambor, 73, said. “Lines got blurred. I was difficult. I was mean. I yelled at Jill [Soloway, ‘Transparent’ creator] — she told me recently she was afraid of me. I yelled at the wonderful [executive producer] Bridget Bedard in front of everybody. I made her cry. And I apologized and everything, but still, I yelled at her. The assistant directors.
“I was rude to my assistant. I was moody,” Tambor continued. “Sometimes I didn’t talk at all.”
Van Barnes, Tambor’s former personal assistant, claimed Tambor subjected her to multiple sexual propositions. He swiftly denied her allegations and called her a “disgruntled assistant,” a characterization he still stands by.
““What I said was that she was a disgruntled assistant,” he told THR. “I think that was generous of me. I dispute her account. I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless. But as for the other stuff, absolutely not.”
Though Tambor initially felt Soloway was on his side, he said he was abandoned by her. “I said to her, ‘Since you know the truth, would you make a public statement on my behalf?’ It’s my biggest disappointment that she hasn’t.”
“I never told him I was going to accuse Van or Trace [Lysette] of being liars. He knew that nobody could do that,” Soloway responded. “And I was really working with him to help him understand that a simple apology would go a really long way. I was hoping to get him there.”
Despite his firing from the Amazon series, Tambor will still appear in the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s “Arrested Development,” as well as related media events to promote the show.
“In making and promoting seasons 4 and 5 of ‘Arrested Development,’” chief content officer Ted Sarandos told the trade publication, “Jeffrey has always been totally professional.”
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